Urban Life in Kenya / Art of Recycling

Games and Toys

"Children are the bright moon." —Kenyan proverb

Games in Kenya are passed down through oral tradition, taking new forms with each generation. Because in most regions the weather is warm year round, Kenyan children like to play outdoors—football (soccer), rhyming games such as nyama-nyama-nyama, or a board game using marbles called kigogo, or mancala. They enjoy singing, dancing, and crafting items from hats to baskets. Kenyan children, like their counterparts all over the globe, enjoy having fun when and wherever they can.

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Photo by Josh Eli Cogan, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution